Surface and interfacial phenomena, including charge transport in organic molecules, nanoparticle catalysis, semiconducting and 2D nanomaterials, plasmonics, tribology, "smart" surfaces, and self-organizing nanoscale materials for device applications.
Design of transition and rare earth metal compounds with conducting and magnetic properties. Applications of supramolecular chemistry of anions and organic radicals in the design of functional materials and drugs. Anticancer properties of photochemically activated metal drug complexes for photodynamic therapy. Metal-metal bonded complexes as solar photochemical and electrochemical catalysts for water and carbon dioxide reduction.
Current research centers around organometallic chemistry, and branches into catalysis, organic synthesis, enantioselective reactions, stereochemistry, mechanism, and materials and green chemistry. Present initiatives include enantioselective and recoverable catalysts, and organometallic building blocks for molecular wires and gyroscopes.
Application of fundamental organic chemistry reactions to the modification and functionalization of small molecules, polymers, and particles to prepare new composite architectures, and use of these structures to realize properties not possible with current state-of-the-art systems.
Organometallic and inorganic synthesis for the development of new strategies for oxidation chemistry. Investigation of the structures of reactive intermediates and the effects of confinement and proximity on organic reactions.
Synthetic strategies for degradable polymers derived from natural products, unique macromolecular architectures and complex polymer assemblies, designed for practical implementation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, as non-toxic anti-biofouling or anti-icing coatings, as materials for microelectronics device applications, or as pollutant remediation systems.
Inorganic and materials chemistry, focusing on design and synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent-organic frameworks (COFs) applied to energy-related research (e.g., CO2 capture, H2 storage), catalysis, and biomedical applications.